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Game Preview: 3/12/20 at Montreal

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LAST GAME
Monday, March 9
Washington 2 at Buffalo 3 (SO)
Goals: Olofsson, Eichel; GDG – Kahun
Goalie: Ullmark (33 saves/35 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Washington 35 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 330)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 69 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 53 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 49 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/6: Activated G Linus Ullmark from IR; Assigned G Jonas Johansson to Rochester (AHL)
3/7: Recalled D John Gilmour from Rochester (AHL)
3/8: Assigned D John Gilmour to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, March 13: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 19: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 21: Chicago at Buffalo, 2 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANADIENS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Buffalo on Jan. 30.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 24 in Montreal
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 5-4-1 on the road.
  • This is the 286th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 130-114-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 55-73-14 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-10-2 all-time on March 12.
  • March 12, 2008: Mike Weber records his first NHL point with an assist at Pittsburgh.
  • March 12, 2016: Jack Eichel scores the latest regular-season goal in franchise history at 4:59 of overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 20 points (14+6) in 21 games against Montreal since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, including eight points (5+3) in six games against the Canadiens since joining the Sabres in 2018-19.
  • Marcus Johansson has nine points (1+8) in his last nine games against the Canadiens, including points in each of his four games against Montreal since the beginning of last season (1+5).
  • Jack Eichel has recorded at least a point in each of his last five matchups with Montreal, totaling 11 points (4+7) in those contests.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded six assists in six career games against the Canadiens.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled five points (2+3) in six meetings with Montreal since the beginning of last season, including three points (1+2) in two road games.

KAHUNA MATATA

  • Since joining the Sabres at the trade deadline, Dominik Kahun has totaled four points (2+2) in six games. He also scored the game-deciding shootout goal on Monday vs. Washington with his second career shootout attempt.
  • In his six games with Buffalo, Kahun has led the team with 1.72 goals per 60 minutes of ice time during 5-on-5 play. He ranks second behind Marcus Johansson (4.07) with 3.45 points per 60 in those games.
  • Kahun’s full-season per-60 totals also rank among the team’s leaders: His .90 goals per 60 in 2019-20 rank behind only Jeff Skinner (1.06) and Jack Eichel (.91), and his 1.53 assists and 2.43 points per 60 lead all Sabres this season.

Per-60 stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s 13th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. Boston. The Sabres are 4-6-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-5-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (3), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (3).

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 84 points (13+71) through his first 141 NHL games, including 40 points (4+36) in 59 games this season. He has already surpassed his assist total from his 82-game rookie season and is four points from tying his rookie point total.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s 71 career assists tie Dan Quinn’s total as a teenager for the 12th-most ever recorded by an NHL player before his 20th birthday. His next assist will tie Brian Bellows and Bobby Carpenter for 10th-most.
  • Dahlin’s .60 points per game in his career rank as the 14th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .678 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.683) in 2007-08.

SETTING THE PACE

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 43 goals and 93 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by aa Sabre since Thomas Vanek (43 goals) and Daniel Briere (95 points) in 2006-07.
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace to score 25 goals. If he maintains his current pace, his output will tie Thomas Vanek (2005-06) for sixth-most among all rookies in franchise history. His 52 points would rank him 10th among all-time Sabres rookies.

JACK ATTACK

  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres.
    • He needs two points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, tied for the 13th-most in the NHL entering play Wednesday. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Eichel’s seven multi-goal games ranked sixth in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for 11th-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/11 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 36 G (T-7th), 27 PPP (T-8th), 78 PTS (T-10th), 24 EVG (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 203 hits (8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (203), Girgensons (110), McCabe (91)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (90), Ristolainen (82), Jokiharju (63)
Shots: Eichel (227), Skinner (183), Reinhart (144)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 3-6-0 (6), 20/27, 3/23, 14/18

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-2; 77-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)
March 9 vs. WSH: W, 3-2 (GDG-Kahun)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Linus Ullmark … 3 games … 100 career games played
Johan Larsson … 7 games … 400 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 7 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 1 point … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 3 points … 100 career points
Brandon Montour … 9 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins 

RECENT MILESTONES
Colin Miller … 300th NHL game … March 7 at PHI
Kyle Okposo … 800th NHL game … March 9 vs. WSH
Sam Reinhart … 400th NHL game … March 9 vs. WSH

Game Preview: 3/9/20 vs. Washington

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LAST GAME
Saturday, March 7
Buffalo 1 at Philadelphia 3
Goals: Kahun
Goalie: Hutton (21 saves/24 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 39 – Philadelphia 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 327)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 68 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 52 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 48 games
Lawrence Pilut (illness, March 7) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/6: Activated G Linus Ullmark from IR; Assigned G Jonas Johansson to Rochester (AHL)
3/7: Recalled D John Gilmour from Rochester (AHL)
3/8: Assigned D John Gilmour to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 12: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 19: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CAPITALS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 6-1 in Washington on Nov. 1, 2019.
  • Next meeting: Monday, March 30 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 4-3-3 at home.
  • This is the 163rd game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 89-52-21 series record.
  • The Sabres are 48-23-9 at home against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-7-2 all-time on March 9.
  • March 9, 1973: Tim Horton scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres in a 5-2 loss at Vancouver.
  • March 9, 1980: Mike Ramsey makes his NHL debut, Rick Martin scores four goals and Gilbert Perreault notches five assists in a 9-4 win over St. Louis.
  • March 9, 1988: Phil Housley scores two goals at Minnesota on his 24th birthday, including his 29th of the season, still the most in a season by any defenseman in Sabres history. (Housley’s career-high 31 goals in 1983-84 included seven scored while playing as a forward.)
  • March 9, 2006: Derek Roy scores his second career hat trick six days after scoring his first in an 8-5 win vs. Tampa Bay.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Kyle Okposo (800th NHL game) and Sam Reinhart (400th NHL games) are both expected to reach milestone games played totals tonight.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have consecutive home wins against the Capitals for the first time since 2011-12.
  • Jimmy Vesey has totaled six points (3+3) in his last six games against the Capitals.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded five points (2+3) in his last five games against Washington.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded five points (2+3) in four career meetings with the Capitals.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (4+3) in his last six games against Washington.
  • Jack Eichel has posted five points (2+3) in five games against the Capitals since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Henri Jokiharju scored his first NHL goal when these teams last met on Nov. 1, 2019 in Washington.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 82 points (13+69) through his first 140 NHL games, including 38 points (4+34) in 58 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career rank as the 17th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .66 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

SETTING THE PACE

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 42 goals and 93 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by aa Sabre since Thomas Vanek (43 goals) and Daniel Briere (95 points) in 2006-07.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set a new career high in goals (27).
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace to score 24 goals. If he maintains his current pace, his output will tie Eichel (2015-16) for seventh-most among all rookies in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres.
    • He needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 13th-most in the NHL entering play Sunday. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for 11th-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/8 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 35 G (8th), 24 EVG (T-10th), 26 PPP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 200 hits (8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (200), Girgensons (109), McCabe (89)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (89), Ristolainen (81), Jokiharju (60)
Shots: Eichel (223), Skinner (180), Reinhart (143)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32a
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 2-6-0 (4), 17/25, 2/20, 13/17

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Kyle Okposo … 1 game … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 1 game … 400 career games played
Linus Ullmark … 4 games … 100 career games played
Johan Larsson … 8 games … 400 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 1 point … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 3 points … 100 career points
Brandon Montour … 9 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Colin Miller … 300th NHL game … March 7 at PHI

 

Game Preview: 3/7/20 at Philadelphia

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LAST GAME
Thursday, March 5
Pittsburgh 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: McCabe, Johansson
Goalie: Johansson (28 saves/32 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Pittsburgh 32 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 323)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 67 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 51 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 47 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30) – 17 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/6: Activated G Linus Ullmark from IR; Assigned G Jonas Johansson to Rochester (AHL)
3/7: Recalled D John Gilmour from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, March 9: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 12: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 6-1 in Philadelphia on Dec. 19, 2019.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, April 4 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 181st game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 69-87-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-53-14 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-6 all-time on March 7.
  • March 7, 2002: Martin Biron turns aside 26 New York Islanders shots to earn the first of two shutouts on back-to-back nights, a feat he would complete with another 26-save performance the following night against Montreal.
  • March 7, 2016: Jack Eichel becomes the youngest Sabre ever to reach the 20-goal mark (19 years, 131 days) with his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 7-5-3 against the Metropolitan Division this season.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (8+3) in his 11 career games against Philadelphia, including at least a point in each of the last five meetings (5+2).
  • Jeff Skinner has eight points (4+4) in his last eight visits to Philadelphia.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has a point in each of his last two games against the Flyers, tallying an assist in both games.
  • Dominik Kahun tied his career high with three points (1+2) in his last meeting with the Flyers on Oct. 29, 2019.
  • If he dresses tonight, Colin Miller will appear in his 300th NHL game.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 82 points (13+69) through his first 139 NHL games, including 38 points (4+34) in 57 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career rank as the 15th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .67 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

SETTING THE PACE

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 43 goals and 94 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Thomas Vanek (43 goals) and Daniel Briere (95 points) in 2006-07.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set a new career high in goals (27).
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace to score 24 goals. If he maintains his current pace, his output will tie Eichel (2015-16) for seventh-most among all rookies in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres.
    • He needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 13th-most in the NHL entering play Friday. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for 11th-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/6 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 35 G (T-7th), 77 PTS (T-10th), 24 EVG (T-10th), 26 PPP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 198 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (198), Girgensons (107), McCabe (85)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (87), Ristolainen (81), Jokiharju (58)
Shots: Eichel (220), Skinner (174), Reinhart (137)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32a
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 2-5-0 (4), 16/22, 2/16, 10/14

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Colin Miller … 1 game … 300 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 2 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 2 games … 400 career games played
Linus Ullmark … 4 games … 100 career games played
Johan Larsson … 9 games … 400 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 9 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 1 point … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 3 points … 100 career points
Brandon Montour … 9 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins 

RECENT MILESTONES
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Game Preview: 3/5/20 vs. Pittsburgh

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, March 3
Buffalo 1 at Winnipeg 3
Goals: Ristolainen
Goalie: Hutton (32 saves/35 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Winnipeg 35 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 319)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 66 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 50 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 46 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 16 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 7: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 9: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 12: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PENGUINS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Pittsburgh 5-2 in Pittsburgh on Feb. 22.
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-8-0 at home.
  • This is the 194th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 69-81-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 42-31-22 at home against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-11-2 all-time on March 5.
  • March 5, 2010: Thomas Vanek records his 300th career NHL point with a goal vs. Philadelphia.
  • March 5, 2017: Jack Eichel scores a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the second player in NHL history to record a point against 29 different opponents in his first two seasons in the league.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 4-1-0 against the Penguins since the beginning of last season.
  • With a win tonight, Buffalo would have three straight wins against Pittsburgh for the first time since the team won five consecutive meetings from Oct. 10, 2005 to Nov. 17, 2006.
    • It would be the Sabres’ first season series sweep against the Penguins since the 2005-06 season.
  • The Sabres are 7-4-3 against the Metropolitan Division this season with wins in each of their last four games against the division. Buffalo has gone 4-1-1 at home against Metropolitan Division opponents this season.
  • If he dresses tonight, Colin Miller will appear in his 300th NHL game.

HOT AGAINST PITTSBURGH

  • Jack Eichel has totaled nine points (6+3) in nine games against the Penguins since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Carter Hutton is 5-1-0 with two shutouts and a .940 save percentage in his eight career appearances against Pittsburgh.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 10 points (3+7) in his last 10 games against the Penguins.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded four points (1+3) in his last four games against the Penguins
  • Colin Miller has posted three assists in his last three meetings with Pittsburgh.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has a point in both of this season’s matchups with the Penguins (1+1).

THE LOG LINE

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the line of Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo has outscored opponents 6-1, outshot them 44-34 and out-attempted them 70-60 when on the ice together in Buffalo’s last seven games games despite having an offensive zone start percentage of just 35.0 percent.
  • Girgensons’ 19 points through 66 games are his highest total since his career-best 30 points in 2014-15. He needs three more goals to tie his career high of 15 set in 2014-15.
  • With an assist on Tuesday at Winnipeg, Larsson surpassed his previous career high with his 18th point in his 59th game of the season. All 18 points have come at even-strength, topping his previous career high of 15 in 2017-18.
  • Larsson is now four goals and one assist from tying his career highs in those categories.
  • Okposo has recorded seven points (4+3) in Buffalo’s last eight games.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 81 points (13+68) through his first 138 NHL games, including 37 points (4+33) in 56 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career rank as the 17th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .66 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

SETTING THE PACE

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 44 goals and 96 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set a new career high in goals (27).
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace to score 25 goals. If he maintains his current pace, his output will tie Thomas Vanek (25) for sixth-most among all rookies in franchise history. It would be the most goals scored by a Sabres rookie since Donald Audette scored 31 in 1991-92.

JACK ATTACK

  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres.
    • He needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, tying as the 11th-most in the NHL entering play Wednesday. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for 11th-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/4 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 35 G (T-6th), 26 PPP (T-7th), 77 PTS (T-10th), 24 EVG (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 195 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (195), Girgensons (106), McCabe (85)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (86), Ristolainen (81), Jokiharju (58)
Shots: Eichel (217), Skinner (169), Reinhart (135)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32a
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 2-4-0 (4), 14/18, 2/13, 8/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Colin Miller … 1 game … 300 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 3 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 3 games … 400 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 1 point … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 3 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Jimmy Vesey … 300th NHL game … Feb. 28 at VGK

Game Preview: 3/3/20 at Winnipeg

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LAST GAME
Saturday, February 29
Buffalo 2 at Arizona 5
Goals: Johansson, Skinner
Goalie: Johansson (26 saves/30 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Arizona 31 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 315)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 65 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 49 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 45 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 15 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D John Gilmour to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 5: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 9: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 12: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at JETS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Winnipeg 2-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 23.
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 65th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 28-25-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 10-14-7 on the road against the Jets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-8-8 all-time on March 3.
  • March 3, 1977: The Sabres get multi-point efforts from six different players — led by Bill Hajt’s three points (1+2) — and goals from seven different players in the team’s 7-2 win vs. Los Angeles.
  • March 3, 2006: Derek Roy records his first NHL hat trick in a 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Buffalo.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses tonight, Colin Miller would appear in his 300th NHL game tonight. Miller has totaled three points (1+2) in his last three meetings with the Jets.
  • Carter Hutton has a .973 save percentage in his last five appearances against Winnipeg.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded 19 points (3+16) in 20 games against the Jets since they moved to Winnipeg in 2011-12, including seven multi-point outings.
  • Kyle Okposo has posted 17 points (7+10) in his last 17 matchups with Winnipeg, logging seven multi-point games against the Jets during that stretch.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled five points (3+2) in his last four games against the Jets.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded six points (3+3) in seven games against Winnipeg since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.

CABER’S ON THE WARPATH

  • Jake McCabe enters tonight’s game with points in each of Buffalo’s last three games, tying as the longest point streak of his career. He has previously tallied points in three straight games three times, most recently in October 2018.
  • During his point streak, McCabe has also led all Sabres in shots for percentage (69.39%), corsi for percentage (57.95%), and expected goals percentage (63.60%) during 5-on-5 play. (via NaturalStatTrick.com)
  • With career-best full-season rates in these categories this season, he ranks at or near the top among active Sabres defensemen in each metric: 51.58 SF% (1st), 50.42 CF% (2nd), 50.16 xGF% (1st).

THE NEW GUYS

  • The Sabres acquired forwards Dominik Kahun and Wayne Simmonds in trades before the trade deadline on Feb. 24.
  • With a goal on his first shot as a member of the Sabres on Friday at Vegas, Kahun became the 57th player ever to score in his Sabres debut. He followed that up with an assist the next night at Arizona.
    • Kahun joined Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons, Curtis Lazar and Kyle Okposo as the fifth active Sabre to score in his debut. Girgensons, Lazar and Okposo also scored with their first shots as Sabres, and Eichel scored on his second.
  • By scoring just 22 seconds into his Sabres career, Kahun needed the least amount of ice time to score his first goal as a Sabre of any player since 2009-10, when the NHL began tracking the statistic. He topped Okposo’s 51 seconds on Oct. 16, 2016 at Edmonton.
  • Through his first three games with the Sabres, Simmonds has totaled 11 hits, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (15) for most on the team in those games. He tallied his first point as a member of the Sabres with an assist on Saturday at Arizona.

THE LOG LINE

  • The line of Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo has scored five goals in Buffalo’s last six games.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the line has outscored opponents 5-1, outshot them 35-30 and out-attempted them 59-54 when on the ice together in those six games despite having an offensive zone start percentage of just 32.4 percent.
  • Okposo has recorded six points (4+2) in Buffalo’s last seven games.
  • Girgensons enters tonight’s contest with four points (2+2) in the Sabres’ last five games.
    • Girgensons’ 19 points through 65 games are his highest total since his career-best 30 points in 2014-15. He needs three more goals to tie his career high of 15 set in 2014-15.
  • With an assist on Wednesday at Colorado, Larsson tied his previous career high of 17 points in his 56th game of the season. All 17 points have come at even-strength, topping his previous career high of 15 in 2017-18.
    • Larsson is now four goals and two assists from tying his career highs in those categories.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 81 points (13+68) through his first 137 NHL games, including 37 points (4+33) in 55 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career rank as the 15th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .67 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

SETTING THE PACE

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 44 goals and 97 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set a new career high in goals (28).

JACK ATTACK

  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres.
    • He needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, tying as the 11th-most in the NHL entering play Monday. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for 11th-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/2 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 35 G (6th), 26 PPP (T-7th), 24 EVG (T-8th), 77 PTS (T-9th), 50 EVP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 194 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (194), Girgensons (104), McCabe/Miller (84)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (86), Ristolainen (80), Jokiharju (58)
Shots: Eichel (217), Skinner (168), Reinhart (132)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32a
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 2-3-0 (4), 13/15, 2/11, 6/8

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Colin Miller … 1 game … 300 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 4 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 4 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 1 point … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 4 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins 

RECENT MILESTONES
Jimmy Vesey … 300th NHL game … Feb. 28 at VGK